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JLL UK Retail comments on Amazon and Whole Foods deal

​LONDON, 19 June 2017 - Commenting on the announcement that Amazon is to buy Whole Foods, Tim Vallance, Head of JLL UK Retail, said: “This deal is another example of the increasing blurring of lines that is happening between the online and offline retail worlds. Shopping is now becoming seamless: it's about obtaining goods whether online or offline, through clicks or bricks, via multi or omni-channel, it is now simply 'commerce.' In other areas of retail, an element of experience can be thrown in to the mix to attract customers away from their sofas, but grocery shopping has almost always been won through convenience. The deal marks a step up from recent announcements such as the Morrisons fulfilment deal and could set a precedent for other similar deals across the grocery sector.”